The tender car from Engine No. 1023 in Schlanger Park will be moved to its new home at the Heart of the Heartlands railroad museum today.

The tender car from Engine No. 1023 in Schlanger Park will be moved to its new home at the Heart of the Heartlands railroad museum today.

Crews from Tilton and Sons House Moving got the car, which weighed in at 20 tons, rigged onto a specially-constructed trailer Tuesday evening, and will make the slow journey to Carona, where the museum is located, this morning at about 9 a.m. The procession will take a route that follows Rouse Street to Centennial Drive, travel on U.S. Highway 69 to Highway 400, then go south on Highway 7 to the museum.

Because the load is so heavy, the procession will move at a maximum speed of about 20 mph, said Darrin Tilton, who is the son of owner Orren Tilton and a third-generation house mover.

“The whole trip should take about an hour,” Tilton said.

Tilton has moved train cars before, but mostly cabooses and boxcars. The tender car is heavy, but shouldn’t be much of a problem, he said. The actual locomotive, which weighs 120 tons and will take a month to prepare to move, is another story. At 200,000 pounds, the Tiltons had to find special 60-foot long, 36-inch thick beams that weigh 300 pounds per foot to construct the trailer. It will be the heaviest object Tilton said he has ever moved.

“The heaviest house I’ve ever lifted weighed 160,000 pounds, and that was with the fireplace in it,” Tilton said Tuesday evening as he examined the beams, which were bowing under the weight of the tender car.

Because the trailer is so wide, the procession likely will be guided by a police escort. The engine has been located in Schlanger Park since 1955, when the Kansas City Southern railroad sold it to the City of Pittsburg. But the locomotive has slowly been rusting away, and city officials said there was no money to maintain it — nothing has been done to it since 1995. So Pittsburg City Commissioners voted unanimously in December to let Heart of the Heartlands take it over.